I like that SMART is strengths-based, harm-minimising and let's people decide when they're ready to do the work towards making a change. It's practical and a really important part of the jigsaw of letting people do what they need to do to get ready to milk life for all that it's worth.
I love working with switched on people who really want to make a difference. The intensity of it is also a bit like speed dating. In the beginning, everyone is a stranger to each other, reticent and a bit shy. After two days of training, that's no longer ever the case. People are endlessly surprising.
Ange has been lucky enough to work with some great NGOs and universities. She started out studying psych, history and law and then working at the NSW Aboriginal Land Council, where her name was 'Casper.' Since then, it's all been a magical mystery tour. When life gets a bit crazy and she's not sure what to do next, the breathing space of study is always a safe bet.
I was a country kid and always hoped to catch up and speak at the same pace as everyone else. These days i'm comfortable in my own skin and understand that people are really invested in just getting through their own day. I've always preferred working creatively, with words and ideas, and working with SMART let's me do this on a daily basis. After work, when the teenagers are asleep, I write fiction, where i get to literally walk around in other people's shoes and see the world from a different point of view for an hour or two of every day.